Congressman Eric Cantor (VA-07) issued the following statement in advance of the Labor Day holiday:
"The American workforce has always been extremely resilient, but faced with continued economic uncertainty and an explosion in spending, increased taxes and burdensome government regulations -- hundreds of thousands of Virginians and millions of Americans remain out of work and struggling to make ends meet.
"Many of us have a family member or friend who has lost their job or had to take a pay cut to keep their job. Far too many have been out of work for months or even longer, while others can only find part time work. On top of that, many young workers -- our future entrepreneurs and job creators -- are struggling to find their first jobs and understandably growing discouraged about finding meaningful employment. Overall, the pace of job growth is still too slow and more remains to be done to create jobs and jump start the economy.
"As we celebrate Labor Day, it's important to put the economic future of our country in perspective. If we continue down this path, Americans will likely suffer from sustained economic sluggishness and even higher unemployment. What we need to do is create an environment for more promising private sector job growth so that we can actually embrace the type of America that we know has been successful. That is an America that embraces free enterprise and encourages innovation, ingenuity and investment in the hard-working men and women who make up the back bone of our nation's economy and who will be the driving force in helping us get back on the path to prosperity."